Your Brother’s Suit
It was about ten years ago when someone, or some fashion group, designer decided that slim was the next big thing. Seemingly overnight every new suit buyer was asking for the slim fit suit. Now it didn’t exactly happen that fast, and it took longer in the Midwest, but it happened nonetheless. I wish my marketing campaigns were as successful as this. As with all things new, concepts were taken to extremes. Thom Browne promoted a shorter coat, more traditional in feeling and appearance and short length trousers. You could see hairy ankle bones all over New York and the rest of the fashion world. It even got so ridiculous that the famed ICON of traditional appearance and probity, Brooks Brothers contracted him for several seasons to produce a line for men and women called Black Fleece. The quality, though, was superb.
Other designers got on the band wagon. Traditional stores were “cleaning up” their old stodgy look for a more contemporary look. Problem is,things got out of hand. Clothing looked spayed on, saran wrapped, skin on a wiener. And who helped this hapless uncomfortable , I can only stand in this, garment?????
WOMEN!! They took their boyfriends, husbands, significant others, mothers took sons to buy the slim fit suit, shirt, pants, etc. Whether you were built like a fire plug or a broom stick, it was de rigueur. You couldn’t get clothing tight enough for some customers. GQ had actors and athletes on covers, in photo shoot spreads, late night show hosts as well as many other men’s mags in the slim suit. Can you imagine the middle linebacker of your favorite team wearing a sprayed on glen plaid suit? Just like the painted on swimsuit for SI.
Thank God or someone, the trend is moving to more comfort. Letting your calves breathe as I read it said(and other body parts). In the 60’s I wore dress “pegged” trousers to school. Uncomfortable to sit behind a desk all day. Bottom opening maybe 16 inches. Thank God we are going to be allowed to breathe….if she says it’s OK! Now you won’t have to look like you are wearing your little brother’s suit.